CIPFA is the world’s only professional accountancy body that is devoted exclusively to public finance

A CIPFA chartered public finance qualification puts you at the forefront for top public finance jobs around the globe.

Want a leading finance and accountancy role across the public and private sectors? A CIPFA qualification gives you the industry recognition and skills you need to plan public service delivery and to commission major providers. Chartered Public Finance Accountants work across the globe in a wide range of organisations and are recognised worldwide as public financial management leaders.



A Professional Qualification tailored to your aspirations

Professional Qualification (PQ)

CIPFA’s Professional Qualification is the standout global designation for people who want industry-leading public finance and accountancy careers.

Covering topics from strategic public finance to leadership and integration strategies, the CIPFA Professional Qualification puts you among the best in the world.

PQ International Public Financial Management (IPFM)

Covering topics from global strategic leadership to international finance, CIPFA’s international public financial management qualifications put you on the fast track for global roles in professionalising public financial management.

Integrated Qualification in Audit

Unrivalled ICAS audit expertise and CIPFA’s industry-leading public sector knowledge are combined to deliver the Integrated Qualification in Audit (IQA). Preparing you for leading global finance and audit roles across the public and corporate finance sectors.

Benefit from the dual designation CPFA and CA, with accompanying audit qualifications, and joint CIPFA ICAS membership.

Specialist qualifications in Financial Management, Counter Fraud, IPSAS and more

Accredited Counter Fraud Technician or Specialist

With a CIPFA Counter Fraud qualification, you’ll be in an excellent position to lead the fight against fraud in public services. There is a growing focus on public sector fraud. Public services fraud costs the UK taxpayer an estimated £21 billion a year. With CIPFA certification, you’ll develop the specialist skills and expertise to counter the sophisticated fraudsters who operate in the sector.

Financial reporting for academies (FRA) courses

Our two unique qualifications give you the expertise and skills you need for a key role in the fast-growing area of academy financial management. You will learn how to manage complex and specialised public-private finance in education - one of the newest, most important and topical public service areas.

Qualifications in International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS)

As the first professional accountancy organisation to have developed an IPSAS qualification, our focus is to support organisations at any stage of IPSAS adoption, including moving from cash to accruals.

CIPFA has developed IPSAS qualifications which are accessible anywhere via a flexible online learning and assessment programme.